The Visa Bulletin for December 2010 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month. The December 2010 Visa Bulletin showed very little advancement for most countries in most categories– with The Philippines actually retrogressing substantially in several family-based categories. Mexico did see a nice advancement in the EB3 “Other Worker” category.
Family-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Family-Based First Preference (FB1) category for Worldwide, China and India saw no advancement, remaining at February 15, 2006. The Philippines stalled in this category, at April 1, 1997, while Mexico advanced by just over one week, to January 1, 1993.
In the Family 2A category, Worldwide, India, China and The Philippines all advanced by two months, to August 1, 2010, while Mexico remained at March 1, 2010.
The Family 2B category saw Worldwide, India and China stall at June 1, 2005, while Mexico remained stalled at June 22, 1992. The Philippines actually retrogressed in this category by thirty months, to March 1, 2000.
In the Family-Based Third Preference (FB3) category, Worldwide, India and China saw no progress in their cutoff dates, which remained at June 1, 2002. The Philippines and Mexico, however, are again stalled in this category. Mexico also remains stalled in this category, at October 22, 1992. Unfortunately, The Philippines retrogressed in this category as well– by thirty-six months, to July 1, 1992.
The Family-Based Fourth Preference (FB4) cutoff date for Worldwide, China and India stalled at January 1, 2002. The FB4 cutoff date for Mexico moved ahead one week, to December 22, 1995. Again, the date for The Philippines retrogressed– by thirty-nine months in this category, to January 1, 1988.
Employment-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Employment-Based First Preference (EB1) category continues to be current for all countries in the Visa Bulletin for December 2010.
The Employment-Based Second Preference (EB2) category continues to be current for all countries, except India and China. The EB2 cutoff date for China moved forward seven days, to June 8, 2006, while India remained stalled at May 8, 2006 in this category.
All countries saw modest advances in the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) Skilled/Professional Worker category. The cutoff date for Worldwide and The Philippines advanced in this category by one month, to February 22, 2005, while the date for China progressed by sixteen days, to December 8, 2003. India stalled in this category at January 22, 2002, while the date for Mexico advanced by two months, to July 1, 2001.
In the EB3 “Other Worker” category, all countries except Mexico and India progressed by twenty-one days, to April 22, 2003. Mexico jumped ahead in this category by fourteen months, to July 1, 2002, while the date for India stalled at January 22, 2002.
Finally, the EB4 and EB5 categories remain current.
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